Have you ever left your swim bag – full of sweaty shirts or used, wet towels – overnight or worst, for a couple of days (read: gross)? The pungent smell after you realised that you forgot to clean them up… it’s like as though all your sins can never be forgiven!
Let’s talk about the immediate solution to fix this first world problem. What can you do? Simply remove the wet fabrics to the washing machine and air the bag under the sunlight. All is well in due time… until it’s not.
What if that damp, stale smell stays in your swim bag? This is most likely due to the mold or mildew that is breeding inside. Mildew is a category of mold distinguished based on its powdery appearance and flat growth on the surface of your bag meanwhile Mold, contains green or black blotches that infiltrate through the surface of the affected material. This makes Mildew easier to remove since it does not impale the fabric, and Mold makes it more difficult to be wiped away. Either way, both can negatively affect your health.
Therefore, specific and definitive course of actions are needed for the elimination and prevention of the big, bad Mold. Let’s begin:
- Recognise the source of the mold development and remove them as much as possible (read: Anything that is wet in the bag – your wet or damp towels, your swim cap, anything that could nurture mold growth!)
- Remove your dry clothes as they contain moisture from sweat and logically, they shouldn’t be left in your bag for a long period. Mold growth can begin to take hold in as little as one day.
- Throw any paper products from your bag as they help to retain moisture and potentially, mould growth.
- Lastly, ensure the humidity of the room in which you keep your swim bag is well taken-care of. High humidity encourages and accelerates mold growth, so store your towels, cap and clothes in a well-ventilated area with 50% or less humidity.
While no one wants to throw away their favourite swim bag, it is finally time to getting rid of the old and restart anew. Time to search for that perfect new bag and keep your health in checked (read: Mold-free!)